CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional 

As the companies are becoming more aware of the threats associated threat vectors like social engineering, hacking, buffer overflows, denial of service attacks, and insider threats based vulnerabilities to one's network, it is imperative companies adapt and hire the highly trained cyber professionals with skills necessary to thwart cyber based threats. The risk is too high for corporations to ignore the potential devastation a successful cyber attack can have a large global operation. The economic impact could be vast and will cripple the entire valuation of a company's stock price.

Such a scenario raises a high demand for cyber security personnel in the information security sector. It is not only a career-oriented opportunity but a professional position that typically pays a higher salary than most information technology jobs. All you need is the right certification that fits your needs, the right training platform within your budget, and the desire to study for the certification test and you can enter into the cyber security job field quite quickly. One of the most notable and recognized information security (INFOSEC) specialties available today is called the CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional Certification.
    
  
 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Certification
  

  
What is a CISSP?

    
CISSP is a cyber security program offered by International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2. (ISC)2 is a nonprofit organization specializing in providing information security education and certifications. CISSP is one of the courses offered by (ISC)2 that certifies that you have acquired the desired ability & knowledge to handle the data & security system for businesses.

CISSP multiple choice test comprises 250 questions. The test is designed for professionals with three to five years of experience in the relevant field. It takes around 6 hours to complete the multiple choice test, and upon successful completion, you are awarded with the highly coveted CISSP certification.

The examination scrutinizes your knowledge of many different domains such as; security management practices, security models, security architecture, access control, cryptography, and many other cyber security domains.

Certification Path for CISSP:

  
Careers as a CISSP
  

Salary Range

  Information Security Analyst  
  Security Consultant  
  Information Security Manager
  Information Security Officer
  Security Architect, IT  
  Information technology (IT) Director  
  Security Engineer, Information Systems  
$80k
$90k
$105k
$103k
$110k
$105k
$92k  

CISSP Certification exam is based upon the following 10 domains:

      
    1. Access Control
    2. Telecommunications and Network Security
    3. Information Security Governance and Risk Management
    4. Software Development Security
    5. Cryptolography
    6. Security Architecture and Design
    7. Operations Security
    8. Business Continuity and diaster Recovery Planning
    9. Legal, Regulations, Investigations, and Compliance
    10. Physical (Environmental) Security
      

    How to Earn your Certification

    You can now register for CISSP training courses online and learn from home while doing all other work alongside. Here are some of the benefits of registering for the online course:

    Comfort:
    The first and foremost thing is the comfort that you can have while undergoing the online certification course. You can choose any slot as per your availability and pursue the course.

    Endless career opportunity:
    Once you are a CISSP certified professional you will have multiple career options in front of you. You can choose from a wide array of jobs within Fortune 500 companies. If you are curious and like to see what companies are looking for within their job postings, I recommend looking at postings that require the CISSP certification on Monster.com or Linkedin.com. This will give you a solid idea of what these large corporations are looking for.

    Here is an example from Monster.com for a Information System Security Manager position. Here is the job posting on Monster's job listings, see for yourself the job requirements. I will only highlight the required skills needed. Do you notice the CISSP requirement?
       
    Requirements:

    • DoD Secret Clearance a MUST.  Those with a recent Secret Clearance will be considered
    • Must have a minimum of 3 years hands on experience
    • US Citizenship is required
    • Must currently have and maintain one of the following 8570 IAM Level III certifications:
    • ISACA Certified Information Security Manager - CISM
    • ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional - CISSP  (or Associate)
    • SANS GIAC Security Leadership Certification - GSLC

    CISSP Certification Training Cost is Minimal:
    If you choose to take the online e-learning route it will be only a fraction of what you have to pay if you join an instructional faculty. Independent study  vary from different online platforms from $50 to $1500 depending on where you choose. One of the most expensive is Simplilearn, mid-tier is INFOSEC training online, and the low-tier price range is from  Stack Social .

    While most would prefer an instructional facility like the SANS Institute you will pay around $5,000 for a 6 day training course. If this out of your budget and you are diligent, you can achieve the same level of education from online study.

      
     Available Online Learning
    This program will teach you the dynamics of data communications, including network security, telecommunications, remote access, firewalls, proxy servers, and wireless and cellular technologies.

    You’ll learn how to identify and mitigate malicious codes such as viruses, Trojans, logic bombs, social engineering, insider threats, data theft, DDoS, spoofing, Phishing, Pharming, and spam.

    You'll also explore authentication and access control methods. You'll learn about AAA and trusts, and you'll become familiar with identity management and cloud computing concepts.
    Study for your CISSP certification right from home.
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